Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Stories By Sunanda K Datta-Ray

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Anthony WALLACE

The Trump-Kim Jong-un love affair won’t last long

India can’t complain if Donald Trump bestows de facto legitimacy on a nuclear-armed North Korea. This country benefited from a similar pi...Read More

Liberal renaissance alone can hold the country together

Liberal renaissance alone can hold the country together

Two of Hinduism’s greatest deities, Ram and Hanuman, were profoundly insulted by a riotous mob of alleged Hindus in Jharkhand when 24-yea...Read More

Boris Johnson charming his way to become Britain’s ambassador

Boris Johnson charming his way to become Britain’s ambassador

When Narendra Modi visited Britain in 2015, David Cameron, then the British prime minister, tried to please him and – even more – the lak...Read More

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talking to the media after a meeting with State Governor in Kolkata on Thursday. PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik (PTI5_26_2016_000196B)

Flames of communal passion fanned in Bengal

Bets are being laid in Bengal on how long Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress government will last. The speculation is not on the outcome...Read More

New government must focus on neglected primary needs

New government must focus on neglected primary needs

It should have been a sobering thought amidst the frantic dance of democracy of these past weeks that India may soon have to cede space t...Read More

West Bengal: Red to Green and now saffron

West Bengal: Red to Green and now saffron

West Bengal’s move from Red to Green and now Saffron seems almost as heretical as if the Vatican turned into the Kremlin in the old Sovie...Read More

Will PM Modi take defeat in his stride?

Will PM Modi take defeat in his stride?

When I asked Indira Gandhi some time in 1978 why she had held the previous year when all the signs were that Congress had become extremel...Read More

Pluralism is the norm, no society can look away

Pluralism is the norm, no society can look away

India has been warned. Boasting of the world’s largest election doesn’t by itself usher in or establish democracy. No multi-religious, mu...Read More

Lynching: Toxic legacy of the last five years

Lynching: Toxic legacy of the last five years

We should have hung our heads in shame as the world’s greatest festival of democracy opened last month. Spared Sri Lanka’s devastating ex...Read More

If only politicians started fulfilling their promises

If only politicians started fulfilling their promises

If one of the thousands of Lok Sabha candidates were to ask what kind of India I would like after the, I would have no hesitation in sayi...Read More

Free world is pulling down its shutters on dissent, diversity

Free world is pulling down its shutters on dissent, diversity

The conviction of nine pro-democracy campaigners in Hongkong for leading the so-called “umbrella movement” (they held yellow umbrellas as...Read More

Donald Trump’s Golan Heights stand is a bad precedent for India

Donald Trump’s Golan Heights stand is a bad precedent for India

Narendra Modi’s friend, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu whom he is so proud to call by his nickname “Bibi”, and who faces nat...Read More

Religion to play a significant role in defining the Indian identity

Religion to play a significant role in defining the Indian identity

The controversy over the alleged abduction and forcible conversion of two minor girls in Sindh has put an end to one piece of make-believ...Read More

Muslims being demonised and must be avenged

Muslims being demonised and must be avenged

The Christchurch resident who was quoted as saying “I’m really scared for our future” wasn’t speaking for Muslims or New Zealanders alone...Read More

Under the shadow of khaki and guns is no democracy

Under the shadow of khaki and guns is no democracy

Although Pakistan must be jubilant over the decision to exclude the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir state assembly from the polls scheduled f...Read More

Young Indians have every right to feel let down

Young Indians have every right to feel let down

The experts tell us that the unemployment rate is climbing but the number of people seeking jobs is falling. According to one erudite est...Read More

Fight for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris

Fight for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris

Now that the frenzy over the Pulwama massacre is abating, it is time for the government to give the lead in taking stock of the Kashmir s...Read More

Pulwama next act should not be a bloody reprisal

Pulwama next act should not be a bloody reprisal

Not since the Dreyfus affair rocked France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries has a nation been plunged into such emotional turmoi...Read More

It is a strange way of treating divine cow

It is a strange way of treating divine cow

One hopes not, but it could be the shape of things to come. The redeeming feature is that Muslims are not alone in objecting to the Madhy...Read More

US only minds its business

US only minds its business

In principle, India should back China in its attempts to obtain sophisticated technology from the United States. Whether this would be in...Read More

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